Mexican Immigrants Now Have Easier Access to Birth Certificates

January 30, 2015

Earlier this month, it got easier for people born in Mexico but living in the U.S. to get copies of their birth certificates, making it easier for Mexicans hoping to obtain U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation. Starting Jan. 15, the Mexican government began allowing its citizens to receive certified copies of […]

What Happens to USCIS during a Government Shutdown?

January 29, 2015

At the end of 2014, Congress passed annual spending bills to keep most of the government running through the end of the 2015 fiscal year, Sept. 30.The exception was the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS was funded only through Feb. 27 because of contention over President Obama’s executive action on immigration. U.S. Citizenship and […]

Top 10 Highlights of 2014

January 23, 2015

As we embark on a new and exciting year, the New Americans Campaign is taking a look back on everything accomplished in 2014. These are the top ten highlights of the year for the New Americans Campaign: 1.       146,000 Citizenship Applications Completed Since July of 2011, the NAC has helped LPRs complete 146,000 citizenship applications. […]

Volunteer Views: Supporting Aspiring New Americans in San Jose

January 22, 2015

“With the power of a single sentence I was transformed to become an American, a proud citizen of this great country,” says Victor Sin, who first came to the U.S. as a foreign student to attend college in the 1980s. He stayed to work, becoming a work-visa holder and later a legal permanent resident (LPR). […]

Volunteers for Citizenship

January 19, 2015

the New Americans Campaign is taking this time to celebrate its volunteers who make an impact on the lives of legal permanent residents (LPRs) nationwide all year long.

Could You Pass the Naturalization Civics Test?

January 16, 2015

The civics exam required for citizenship has made headlines this week after Arizona became the first state in the nation to require students to pass this portion of the U.S. citizenship exam in order to graduate. This test is the same civics test that all immigrants must pass in order to become U.S. citizens. If […]

New Data Shows Naturalization Rates for Working Poor Decline with High Fees

January 9, 2015

One priority for advocates in the New Americans Campaign is to find ways to reduce the burden of high naturalization application fees for low-income immigrants. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) already has taken a very positive step by making the process of applying for a fee waiver more rational and predictable. The fee waiver, […]

Partnerships for Naturalization: NAC New York & the Brooklyn Public Library

January 8, 2015

Innovative partnerships are a signature of the New Americans Campaign. Across the nation, organizations are coming together to promote the importance of citizenship and facilitate the naturalization process. The New York NAC site is exemplifying these inventive partnerships through its pairing with the Brooklyn Public Library. As part of its 2013 launch of the Shelby […]

NIIC in Review: The 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference

December 23, 2014

The seventh annual National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) took place Dec. 14-16 in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted this year by NAC partners the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the NIIC helps define the future direction of immigrant inclusion and integration in America. It […]

Immigrant Integration? There’s an App for That

December 9, 2014

Recently, the Migration Policy Institute released a report on cities’ use of technology to increase access to city services, boost civic participation and strengthen immigrant integration. The potential for apps to play an increased role in this area is due in part to the widespread use of smartphones. According to the Pew Internet Project, 90 […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has nearly doubled the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by since the first year through over 2,300 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Nearly 145,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $126 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More

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